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Vegetable Tanned Leather

Natural Vegetable Tanned Leather is distinctive for its tanning process. Using old world recipes utilizing tree bark and other natural components, it produces beautiful tooling leather that is strong yet remains workable.

Vegetable tanned leather has been around since ancient times and continues to be prevalent today. Like the name suggests vegetable tanning is an organic way to treat leather. Hair and fat are removed from the skin and then water molecules are drawn out of the hide and replaced with tannins from bark or leaves. This preserves the hide and allows it to remain flexible instead of drying out. The process can take weeks, or even months depending on the tanneries method.

The Leather Guy is proud to have its own line of Veg Tan Leather called Artisan’s Choice! Artisan’s Choice is a high quality leather that boasts a sleek smooth top side, and a flush clean suede back side on all pieces. It is the top choice for all leather artisans. 

Veg tan has a natural buff color and since it's surface isn't stuffed with oils and wax it can easily be dyed to the color of your preference. Additionally, this leather has a firm, but flexible temper, that makes it perfect for tooling leather projects such as molding, carving, stamping and more. The applications are nearly endless, from saddles and gun holsters, to shoe soles, body armor, jewelry, bags and so much more.

When it comes to sizes, we carry sides, double shoulders, project pieces, pre-cuts and even earring blanks! We also have a great selection of dyed Vegetable Tanned Leather to choose from if you’re looking for a splash of color in your next project.